Thursday, January 1, 2009

Hello 2009

happy new year!!!

It is a new year and with a new year comes a new year's resolution right? Wrong... not for me, not last year and not this year because I never follow through with them. So this year I am going to try something different, I am going to follow Ali's lead and pick one word that I will strive for just this year, something to focus on and let it ripple into every area of my life. This word will be my mantra, something that will hopefully keep me in check, and make me think twice about why I am doing or not doing something in my daily life. My word for this year will be: BALANCE

I think this is where I go wrong a lot, I don't balance my time. It seems like I am constantly working, if not actually @ work, then @ home. Between the laundry, grocery shopping, getting lunch & then dinner, and then running errands, I am lucky if I find even an hour that I can spend on me. So where in all of this do I put my family & my friends? That's a good question, my family is extremely important to me but I also know that I am no good to them if I am stressed out and irritated. Then on top of that, I would like to spend more time with friends, but there again, where do I fit them in when so much of my time is already spoken for. My mom had this saying when I was growing up, "We work to live, not live to work". I know there is more to life than work, in fact a good part of my off time is spent scrapbooking, which is a great hobby, but that's exactly what it is ... a hobby, but just like work, it shouldn't be taking time away from friends & family. Don't get me wrong, I do spend time with my family and enjoy it greatly, and I also enjoy an occasional outing with friends, but I guess what I have noticed within the last few weeks {having taken some time out of my scrapbooking} I am seeing a whole new side to my immediate family. These are the people that live in the same house, that live under the same roof, the very ones that we get up & go to work for, and yet many of us are still so totally cut off that we can't even relate to them. I think I have come close to getting this same disease, not necessarily ignoring my family but putting them on hold while I work on the 'next best idea'. I am disappointed in myself for letting it get this far out of control, yes I will still take time for me {because I require that} but maybe not quite as much. The evenings that I have @ home I am going to try to spend it with my daughter; playing dolls, or teaching her how to use her new lap-top, or just sitting around watching TV together; and the nights when my husband is home, I think I'll curl up on the couch with him and just enjoy being in his company, granted he watches way more TV than I can handle, but then that's when I can read a book or do some journaling for a lay-out. I just feel that I've been distant for far to long and it's time for me to get a better balance between time spent w/my family here @ home and my hobby that I enjoy doing when I'm @ home. Forget about all the 'work' that needs to be done, it'll all happen in due time once I get the heart of the matter balanced.

I encourage you to maybe take a closer look @ where, what, and who you spend your time on and ask yourself, "Will this matter to me in 5 or 10 years?" If the answer is yes then you are already where you need to be, but if the answer is no, figure out what will matter to you in say .... a year from now. For myself, I know that I am in the long haul with my family, they will matter to me in 50 years from now, more so than that scrapbook page that I didn't finish or that mini that's only half done. Yes the story is important, and it's important to our family, but not so much that I am missing out on our everyday happenings. Those little everyday things can add up to be a whole lot more. : )

Life....it is a balancing act....between the ups & downs, laughter & tears, friends & family, work & play; and what makes it difficult is that there is no right or wrong so my thought is: JUST B.....true to you

Hope all of you were able to celebrate the new year in style, thanks for stopping by!

I will plan to have some photos of my December Daily album up next week!

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